stevencon (510) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at proof. Black pour with creamy tan head. Aroma chocolate covered cherries and wood. Taste lots of sour cherries and chocolate finished with wood pulp.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Proof. Porch black pour with a frothy brown head. Sweet bourbon, wood, vanilla, sweet chocolate, light roast and subtle cherry with notes of booze, already way better than the base beer. Sweet chocolate covered cherries up front with sweet vanilla, bourbon oak with the cherries coming in for a quick tart ending. Medium thick bodied with no hot booze. Way better than the base beer. Great stuff.
jbruner (2940) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black on tap with pillowy reddish brown head and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet chocolate. Taste follows with a hint of cherry that cuts the bourbon and gives you a birthday cake flavor. Delicious.
DesertDevil (647) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap during the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe Day at the Hungry Monk. Big, boozy, bourbon nose with slight dark cherry, hint of oak, and some sour acidity. Pours a clear midnight black with a filmy tan head. Taste of sour cherries early with a very smooth woody finish. Slightly sour aftertaste is the only bourbon flavor despite the aroma. Tart, sticky mouthfeel with a smooth dry finish. Better than the keg of 2012 Black Note also on tap at the event, but not quite cohesive enough to be labeled a can’t-miss barrel-aged stout.
BiggOnion (68) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If you like the batch 9000 Bourbon from bells, you’ll love this too. The cherry cuts a bit of the Bourbon flavor, but it’s awesome
hardypc (38) - - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting selection that proved that beers can take you on a wild and wonderful journey of taste in ways that you may have never thought of before. A subtle hint of cherry in this dark stout is sure to please the pallate.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured black with a nice tan head. Aroma and flavor were mildly tart cherry (more restrained than I thought it’d be), some chocolate, molasses, lots of sweet malt. Barrel aging adds lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a mild woodiness. Thick mouthfeel. Glad I got to try this.
Mittenator (1605) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 On tap at crunchy’s in east Lansing. I am not a huge fan of the original cherry stout. However, the BB fixes everything I don’t like about the original. The bourbon and vanilla tone down the super tart cherry flavor and sweeten up the malt. Delicious.
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at beer fest. The BBL cuts down on the overpowering cherry but still not quite enough for my taste. NIce but nothing I need to chase after.
Art (2246) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of bourbon. Very little cherry but its there. Taste is good but a tad sweet. Glad I tried it.
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